Bag-ong Lungsoranon is the official weekly newspaper of the Archdiocese of Cebu. It carries news, opinions, official communications of the archdiocese as well as pronouncements of the magisterium. As a means of social communication, its dual purpose is to serve as an instrument of information and formation for the faithful, a part of the apostolate of evangelization of the archdiocese using the means of social communications.
The original “Lungsuranon” (The Citizen) was founded in 1934 as a weekly Catholic publication of the then newly-erected Archdiocese of Cebu by the first Archbishop of Cebu, the late Archbishop Gabriel M. Reyes.
For a number of years Lungsuranon featured three sections in its publication: one in Cebuano and the two others in English and in Spanish. The first editor was Fr. Bartolome Cortes, who edited the Cebuano and Spanish sections. A lay person, Fermin Yap, handled the English section.
It is one of the oldest surviving Catholic diocesan newspapers in the country, although it experienced stoppages in production also for a number of times, like during World War II and in the mid-80s.
Revived as “Bag-ong Lungsoranon” (New Citizen) in 1987, its comes out weekly in its mixed bilingual fare of Cebuano and English news, opinions and official local and universal Church communication.
An informed and formed Catholic faithful of the Archdiocese of Cebu along the vision articulated in the Fourth Diocesan Synod of Cebu of 1986, of building a “sincerely worshipping, generously serving, prophetically witnessing, and joyfully radiating” community of faithful.
A instrument of information and formation by publishing Church news, Catholic views, and hierarchical and magisterial pronouncements to readerships in the parishes of the archdiocese.